Internet Mana is complaining about Prime Minister John Key’s decision to declassify documents which will prove accusations against him are baseless.
. . .In a joint statement, Mr Harawira and Ms Harre say the reported intention of the Prime Minister “to arrange the selective declassification and release of documents for his own political purposes” represents an abuse of the Prime Minister’s authority in his capacity as the Minister in charge of the GCSB and the SIS. . .
If the PM didn’t release documents they’d accuse him of hiding something but when he says he will release documents they’re still complaining.
This is a case of the foulers crying foul.
They’re the ones who’ve allowed themselves to be bought by Kim Dotcom who is doing his best to interfere in the election.
The PM not only has the right to release this he has a duty.
This isn’t just about him. It’s about New Zealand, New Zealanders and our security.
Those who don’t understand that should read Charles Finny’s excellent guest post at Kiwiblog:
. . . The Labour Government that saw us through World War II, and those from 1957-60, 1972-75, 1984-90 and 1999-2008 have not sought to change our position in “five eyes” because the leaders and senior Ministers of those Governments have realized how lucky we are to be part of this agreement and knew how fundamental the intelligence derived from it was to the security of New Zealand. Ultimately the most important function of government is to protect the people. “Five eyes” plays a very important role in our ongoing security. There was a wobble under Lange which saw New Zealand denied access to some processed intelligence from the US, but access to the raw communications intercepted by the four allies continued throughout. Under Helen Clark the full flow of processed intelligence resumed.
I cannot believe what I have just heard David Cunliffe saying about GCSB today. What we now call GCSB is as much a creation of Labour as it is the National Party. It is crucial to our continuing security. It protects us against the hostile actions of foreign governments, terrorist organizations, and international criminals. Of course the same foreign governments, terrorist organizations and criminals hate the ‘’fives eyes agreement” and want it dismantled because it stands in their way. I can’t believe that a Labour Leader would align himself with these forces and put this agreement and our position in it so much at risk. If his senior colleagues do not call Cunliffe on this, shame on them too. Our national security is too important to be put at risk by short term political opportunism.
Even when Helen Clark thought we lived in a benign strategic environment her government didn’t short-change or subvert our security the way the left is now attempting to.